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AELP statement regarding legal advice on Cabinet Office guidance PPN 02/20

Date published: 01.06.2020

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Following careful consideration by its Board, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has decided that it will not pursue legal action against the Department for Education in relation to Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19, published by the Cabinet Office on 20 March 2020.

Covid-19 update: Flexibilities announced for traineeships

Date published: 07.05.2020

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Covid-19 update: Flexibilities announced for traineeships The DfE has announced new flexibilities to help maintain traineeship provision during the pandemic. On its published flexibilities request list, AELP had pointed out that due to Covid-19, there are scenarios where are trainees are stuck on programme without a work placement and trainees wanting to start their traineeships, but lacking work placement opportunities. We said that flexibility was required – for example, trainees could

AELP publishes legal advice in relation to the DfE's exclusion of levy funded apprenticeships from the scope of Cabinet Office Covid-19 government contractor protection guidance

Date published: 30.04.2020

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During Wednesday morning’s session of the Education Committee, the Secretary of State for Education was asked by Labour MP Ian Mearns why didn’t the DfE immediately comply with the Cabinet Office Covid-19 guidance for paying government contractors and announce support for those providers with an Education and Skills Funding Agency apprenticeships contract. Gavin Williamson replied, “We always comply with Cabinet Office guidance and we always will do”.

AELP statement concerning legal advice in respect of provider relief

Date published: 22.04.2020

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The Board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers met on Tuesday and, as part of the agenda, considered the contents of the letter dated 17 April 2020 sent by the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister to all MPs in England on the Department for Education’s intention to provide support for apprenticeships and adult education. The minister’s letter made it clear that the proposed support would only be available to providers in respect of apprenticeships offered by non-levy paying

AELP responds to Gillian Keegan’s letter of 17 April 2020 to all MPs on apprenticeships and AEB

Date published: 21.04.2020

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Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe said: “Following the DfE statement dated 17 April on the possibility of some financial support for providers of apprenticeships and adult education, AELP is pleased that the minister has promised to MPs that further details will be published by the end of this week. “However in the absence of published criteria so far, we are concerned that the proposed “targeted support” will involve some form of arbitrary selection of

AELP Advice: Can providers accessing public funding furlough staff? (27/3)

Date published: 27.03.2020

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AELP Advice: Can providers accessing public funding furlough staff? (27/3)

AELP draft response to EQA consultation

Date published: 26.03.2020

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AELP draft response to EQA consultation

AELP advice on providing training to furloughed apprentices

Date published: 25.03.2020

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AELP advice on providing training to furloughed apprentices

Covid-19 Response: AELP Requests for Action DfE

Date published: 23.03.2020

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Covid-19 Response: AELP Requests for Action to DfE

AELP draft response to ESFA consultation on post-16 subcontracting

Date published: 05.03.2020

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AELP draft response to ESFA consultation on post-16 subcontracting

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